By Shacori’ya Eaves, Features Reporter

Senior Shantrice Washington, who portrayed Lady in Blue, rehearses. File photo.

For Colored Girls was put on April 19 in the auditorium. This play was directed by Mr. Stephen Ingle, Theater Teacher. The play was about the life experiences of seven black women and their perspectives on society. The purpose of Ingle’s choosing this play was when he read it, he realized the value in exposing the audience to the issues facing black women in today’s world. He also wanted to produce a play with a strong message, strong characters and strong dialogue.

“Using poetry, music and monologues, it paints both historical and modern pictures of the trial[s] and tribulations of what it means to be a black woman in our world. While it tackles the stereotype of what it is to be a black woman in today’s world, the play also breaks those stereotypes down and reveals the characters as not just black women, but simply women,” Ingle said.

To prepare for the play, he assigned roles to his students. Then he rehearsed both during his 3B class, occasionally during his 4B class, and after school.

“I met with theatre services to work out the technical aspects for the production,” Ingle said.

There were eight roles involved in the play. Senior Kia Adams play Lady in Yellow, Sophomore Shanique Cole played Lady in Purple, Senior Shantrice Washington played Lady in Blue, Senior Charity Jones played Lady in Red, Senior Keanna Jones play Lady in Orange, Junior Brianna Davidson played Lady in Brown, Senior Kayla Washington played Lady in Green, and Senior John Livingston played Toussaint.  The Assistant Director was Senior Chelsea Johnson.  The costumes were coordinated by Juniors Lyeisha Wilson and Regina Smith.

“…In my opinion it was a success. Although I would have liked a bigger audience, I still think it was a success because all of the actors stepped up and rally embraced their roles and did a great job,” Ingle said.

Ingle believes the play was successful because he thinks that they delivered the message about what it is like to be a Black woman in today’s world.

“For Colored Girls brought out my inner feeling[s] that were untouched and unnoticed and allowed me to express myself not only through the words but through body language and crowd connection,” Jones said.

Ingle’s actors had a positive view of the play; they enjoyed working with the script. This helped them reflect as actors.

“For Colored Girls allowed us to practice empathy and take on alter egos to grow as actors and create a performance that received high praise,” Davidson said.

Washington participates in a dress rehearsal. File photo.
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